Thursday, May 22, 2008

City opens new R7 million Clinic in Bothasig

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 May 2008

A new R7 million Bothasig Clinic on the corner of De Grendel and Swellengrebel Avenue has been opened by the City of Cape Town to extend health services to a wider community.

According to the Chairperson of the City’s Health Portfolio Committee James Vosf the De Grendel Subcouncil will focus on comprehensive nurse-based services, with doctor support.

"Focusing on mother and child health, these services include immunisation, growth monitoring, preventative services for children under five, curative services for children under 13, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, TB and HIV care, as well as nutritional services.

"There will be twice-weekly visits by doctors and a pharmacist. The City plans to appoint additional staff later this year to include a clinical nurse practitioner," Cllr Vos says.

"Rapid growth in the Bothasig area has rendered the former clinic inadequate, resulting in the need for the new facility. Apart from the additional services offered, the new clinic will also serve a wider area covering Edgemead.

"A unique characteristic of the new clinic in Bothasig is the colour coding system to guide patients to the specific treatment rooms and available services. The landscaping creates a pleasant and soothing environment for patients,” says Cllr Vos.

He goes onto say that health is not fully valued until sickness strikes. The opening of this new clinic is a dream come true for the community who actively participated in the design and construction process. So many people cannot afford expensive medical care and, in many cases, do not even have transport to other healthcare centres.

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